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Pagan News Beagle: Earthy Thursday, April 21

New evidence sheds light on the extinction of (non-avian) dinosaurs. Astronomer Phil Plait takes a look at a so-called "rogue planet." And history remembers the "rocket girls," women who worked on NASA's early rocketry programs and forged the way to space travel. It's Earthy Thursday, our weekly segment on science and Earth-related news! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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Pagan News Beagle: Earthy Thursday, March 17

The possibility of using public service ads to reduce fossil fuel consumption is considered. Scientists study whether or not Alzheimer's can actually be transmitted from one person to another. And the seemingly religious behavior of chimps is examined. It's Earthy Thursday, our weekly segment on science and Earth-related news! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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Pagan News Beagle: Earthy Thursday, February 11

A new discovery shows Babylonian astronomers were more advanced than we'd guessed. Wild orangutans engage in shocking violence. And the scientific community combats sexism within its ranks. It's Earthy Thursday, our weekly segment on science and Earth-related news! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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Pagan News Beagle: Earthy Thursday, February 4

The nature of supernovas explained. A new farm that raises fish debuts. And we discuss the value of preserving particular words. It's Earthy Thursday, our weekly segment on science and Earth-related news. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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Pagan News Beagle: Earthy Thursday, January 21

The role of icebergs in climate change is explored. Lucid dreaming is discovered to possibly have a link to the secrets of consciousness. And a whole bunch of exoplanets get official names. It's Earthy Thursday, our weekly segment on science and Earth-related news! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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Pagan News Beagle: Earthy Thursday, December 17

Astronomers run into trouble with native activists in Hawaii. SpaceX paves the way for commercial spaceflight. And an agreement on climate change is reached at Paris. It's Earthy Thursday, our weekly segment on science and Earth-related news! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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Minoan Peak Sanctuaries: Way Up There

I’ve written before about the astronomical alignments of the Minoan temple complexes, but the big temples that were the centerpieces of the towns in ancient Crete weren’t the only places the Minoans went for worship. The island of Crete is ringed by lovely flat beaches, but the center is filled with mountains that rise more than a mile high. Some of these mountain peaks were sacred places to the ancient Minoans. They built pilgrimage roads up the mountainsides to shrines and sanctuary buildings at the peaks.

These peak sanctuaries were popular places for sacred pilgrimages as well as official religious celebrations. Some of them were built with purposeful astronomical alignments as well, mostly due east, the direction of sunrise on the equinoxes. But their pattern of use changed over the centuries that they were active sacred sites and some of the sanctuaries fell out of use altogether while others continued to be the focus of religious activities.

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    Wendilyn Emrys says #
    The Peak Sanctuaries, when combined with a Cave Sanctuary, as in the case of Mt. Dikte were also considered the birthplaces of var

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